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Airline Employee Arrested in Theft of Aircraft Parts

Alvin Randolph, an American Eagle airline employee at the Columbus, Ohio airport, was arrested by special agents of the U.S. DOT-OIG (OIG) and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF), after selling numerous stolen aircraft parts to an undercover agent in exchange for cash and machine guns. During the course of a three-month joint OIG and ATF investigation, Randolph boasted to the undercover agent he could obtain a variety of stolen aircraft parts along with documents falsely certifying the parts met the highest quality standards. One of the items sold was a cockpit/cargo key stolen by Randolph, which reportedly would work on all American Airlines aircraft. Randolph has been charged in a criminal complaint with violating the Suspected Unapproved Parts law, false statements and Federal firearms charges.